50/50 Child Custody Part 2: Alternating Weeks & 2-2-5-5

This post is the second part of a series where we will be learning about all the different types of 50/50 physical custody schedules.  This post will be talking about two very different types of schedule options if you share 50/50 child custody.

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Alternating Weeks Child Custody Schedule

The alternating weeks child custody schedule is a basic and easy to implement schedule.  One parent has the child for a week, then the child goes and stays with the other parent for a week.

The benefit of this schedule is your child is able to spend more time at each parents home.  They feel more like a part of the family and not just a visitor for a few days here and there.  It is also easier for the child in school.  The parent knows what homework and activities are happening that week.  Older children and those who struggle with frequent exchanges usually do best on this type of schedule.

One of the biggest downfalls of this schedule is parents and children struggling being apart for a whole week.  Some parents have overcome this issue by having a dinner with the child one weeknight while they are staying at the other parents home.

2-2-5-5 Child Custody Schedule

The 2-2-5-5 child custody schedule is more complex to understand but easy to implement and follow.  One parent has the child for two assigned weeknights (M, T).  Then the child goes to the other parents home for their assigned two weeknights (W, Th).  Finally the child goes back to the first parents home for the three day weekend and the first two assigned week nights which equals five nights.  The child then goes back to the second parents home for their assigned weeknights and the following three day weekend.

This schedule is great because each parent has their two assigned weeknights that do not change.  This makes it easier for the child and the parents to schedule their lives.  For example, if your child has piano on Tuesday, only one parent ever has to worry about getting the child back and forth.  It is also good if both parents want their child a part of their weekly lives while being able to rotate weekends.

The biggest issue with this schedule was mentioned in Part I of this series.  It is that some parents and children struggle with all the going back and forth during the week.  It takes work and constant communication between parents, the child, and the school to ensure this schedule is efficient.

Part I  50/50 Child Custody: Every Weekend & 2-2-3 Visitation

Part 3 50/50 Child Custody:  Two Weeks Each & 3-4-4-3

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